Gophers hope for season to remember Glen Burnie GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

December 03, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Second-year coach Patty Dages wants her Glen Burnie team to forget last year's 3-18 record, "but not the mistakes we made."

The 1991-92 season was a learning process for the coach and players. After brilliant four-year playing careers at Brooklyn Park and Auburn University, Dages tried her hand at coaching for the first time.

While last year was frustrating for Anne Arundel County's all-time leading scorer (2,262 points at Brooklyn Park), Dages did not let it discourage her.

"It wasn't easy going from player to coach, and I told the girls we have to start fresh and correct the mistakes we made last year," said Dages.

"I was a total stranger to them last year, but now they know me and what to expect, and I grew to measure my patience."

Dages is hardly a stranger now to six returning Gophers, four of them seniors. Kelly Rodgers (5 feet 3) and Jessica Pearce (5-6) return in the backcourt, joining 5-10 senior centers Amy George and Melissa Schaffer. Sophomores Tammie Carson (a 5-10 center) and Bridget Davis (a 5-3 guard) also return.

Up from a winning junior varsity team (two games over .500) are five promising sophomores in Coral Brandenburg (5-5), Jo Marion (5-2), Heather Hutson (5-9), Lynette Erbe (5-7) and Samantha Miller (5-5).

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